Superorganism. Remember the name as you`ll be hearing it a lot more in future. Uncommonly for the world of exaggeration and inflation that is Planet Pop, here comes a group who actually live up to the hype.
The London based band emerged in January 2017 with a piece of music `Something for you MIND` that like a musical virus quickly lodged wormed its way into the collective pop conscious.
Superorganism began life a few years prior to that as a loose collection of far flung musicians and cultural junkies who created music by sending unfinished tracks to each other using email. One of those songs turned out to be Something for your MIND and in late 2016 it found its way into the inbox of a 17 year old Japanese girl living in Maine called Orono.
Band member Emily recalls `we sent it over thinking `that`ll be cool to hear whenever we get it back` however, to her surprise, within an hour the track was back in her inbox with a completely new melody and set of lyrics! Orono smiles as she recalls her sudden burst of creativity. `Well, I am a bored teenager` she says dismissively. The teenager had met the groups founders Harry and Emily years before at a concert given by the two in Orono`s native Japan. The would be singer had attended the concert as a fan but the three had exchanged contact details when it emerged that Orono was a budding musician.
In early January 2017 the collective, now dubbed Superorganism, released the track on SoundCloud, Spotify and various other streaming services where it immediately began gaining listeners and rave reviews. A couple of weeks later it was added to Spotify`s prestigious New Music Friday Playlist where it came to the attention of industry heavyweights such as Frank Ocean. However so little was known about the mysterious band behind the tune that the internet began to buzz with wild rumours about the track`s origins. One of the most interesting of these linked Something for your Mind to legendary Blur and Gorillas legend Damon Albarn.
As the rumours surged, fans of the track were rocked by another surprising development. Suddenly Something for your MIND was withdrawn from Soundcloud, Spotify and all the other online streaming services. Quite naturally the move only served to feed the already burgeoning rumour mill further. However in this case their was a simple reason behind the move. It soon transpired that the track, a masterful confection of honeyed voices, snyths and clever samples had used a snippet of a track that Superorganism did not have permission to use. `I`m an idiot` says the band bluntly.
Fortunately however that was not the end of the story. Superorganism followed Mind with two more tracks. Both tracks served to increase the popularity and critical adoration of the band. `Nobody Cares` is a pop masterpiece that sounds like classic Mccartney inspired Beatles but put through a supercomputer programmed to create 1975 type monsters. It`s All Good on the other hand tips it hat to Lovesexy error Prince with its grandstanding, glam infused chorus and almost psychedilic soundscapes.
Fast forward several months and Superorganism are now living in a four bedroom house in East London. Each of the group`s eight members has been designated a room based on their particular role in the music making process and the property cleverly doubles as a 24 hour music studio. Indidividual band members describe the situation as being akin to `a nutty commune`
The groups lead singer Orono, the 17y year old Japanese student from Maine moved into the house last November after finally convincing her parents that college could wait and the bands final member, Syndey based Soul, moved in shortly afterwards.
In September 2017 the band played their first ever live gigs. This included a performance at London`s Village Underground. The live performances gave Superorganism`s growing fan base a first chance to see their new idols in the flesh whilst also offering the band a chance to demonstrate that they could cut it live. This they did in emphatic fashion, quickly dispelling of being a studio band by strutting onto the stage and proceeding to blow the 700 strong crowd away with their music and performance. The show itself mixed the bands uniquely infectious pop with a cleverly designed and incredibly eye catching visual show. However perhaps most impressive of all was just how effortlessly the band members themselves managed to rise about the and impose themselves on the audience. Led by their dimunitive lead singer Orono, the then seven piece collective, emblazoned in their increasingly trademark raincoats quickly took control of the space, sewing together the audio and the visuals in compelling fashion.
Superorganism`s first album is finished and the band are eagerly awaiting it`s release with group member Emily describing the record as `sick`. Their record label give a release date of blah, blah, blah. Let`s hope they are as good as their word. This is going to be one of the releases of the year. The Clock is ticking!
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